Just one day after shipping star closer David Robertson to the Miami Marlins, the New York Mets continue to sell and throw in the towel on the 2023 season, as they deal Max Scherzer to the Texas Rangers.
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Scherzer had an extremely disappointing 2023 season, just one year after posting the lowest ERA of his Hall-of-Fame career in 2022 (2.29) while wearing a Mets uniform. But most importantly of all, in his only postseason start in New York, Scherzer floundered, and unbeknownst to us, that spelt the beginning of the end for his Mets tenure.
In 2023, Scherzer put up the third worst ERA of his career with 4.01, only behind his 2011 campaign with the Detroit Tigers (4.43) and 2009 with the Arizona Diamondbacks (4.12)
Scherzer opted into his contract for the 2024 season, which will see him make north of $43,000,000. Texas will pay $22.5 million, with the Mets paying the remainder of his contract.
Despite his disappointing season, and what seems to be a soured relationship with the front office, Scherzer's time in Queens were definitely as advertised, as his total numbers in a Mets uniform turned out to be very solid.
Scherzer, who shared his displeasure with Mets brass after trading Robertson, waived his no-trade clause in order to be moved prior to the August 1st trade deadline. New York received one of the Rangers' top prospects, Luisangel Acuña, in the deal, younger brother to Atlanta Braves superstar, Ronald Acuña. So far, many consider Luisangel to be the Mets newest No. 1 prospect.
All-in-all, Luisangel Acuña is a pleasing return for the Mets and their fans. New York was able to turn a broken-down former ace into a 21-year old potential future five-tool star. This deal makes the lopsided, horrid David Robertson trade slightly less painful.